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Urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the Democracy for All constitutional amendment that would allow reasonable limits on campaign spending and restore the voices of American voters.
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Events

Fair Elections Pledge Event

November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.

Every Vote Counts

August 6, 2015 - August 6, 2015

A Day of Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

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In Your Community

If We Pull Together

Wilkes-Barre, PA June 10, 2014

I was born to working class parents. My father was a coal miner. The area I grew up in was always strong union and strong democrat. I have traveled a bit, mostly on the bum. For awhile I was... More

Improve Our Elections

Kent, WA June 10, 2014

I became interested in Common Cause because I was looking for an organization that would work hard to make sure our elections are fair, open, and honest; and work to reduce the avalanche... More

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Legislation

Voter Empowerment Act of 2013

January 23, 2013

To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

January 16, 2014

To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

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Litigation

Common Cause v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

July 14, 2017

--- The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.

CC, CLC, D21 FEC complaint on Donald Trump Jr

July 13, 2017

Today Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supplementing a complaint filed by Common Cause on Monday. The expanded complaint alleges that Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national, and that Kushner, Manafort and Rob Goldstone illegally assisted Donald Trump Jr. in soliciting an illegal political contribution from a foreign national on behalf of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.

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Multimedia

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: It Takes a Scandal - Russ Feingold

March 15, 2013

The Honorable Russ Feingold is a former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin and the founder of Progressives United. From the Watergate debacle, to the scandals that ushered in the McCain-Feingold reforms, to the potential corruption unleashed by the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United, Sen. Feingold shares his insights on the struggle to confront the corrupting power of big money in elections after Watergate and identifies opportunities for advancing a reform agenda in the current political and legal landscape. This keynote speech was given on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info

"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Congressional Oversight and Media Scrutiny

March 15, 2013

The actions taken by Congress and the courts and the response of an independent press to uncover the full extent of the Watergate abuses were unprecedented in our nation's history. Featuring: Moderator: Al Hunt -- executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News � Francis O'Brien -- chief of staff to chair, House Judiciary Committee � Terry Lenzner - assistant counsel, Senate Watergate Committee � Jack Farrell -- Investigative journalist, "Richard Nixon: An American Tragedy" (forthcoming) This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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Democracy Wire

$150,000 in Russian Facebook Political Ads Necessitate Immediate FEC Response

September 6, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today’s revelations that fake accounts in Russia bought approximately $150,000 in political ads on Facebook demands a complete and immediate response from the Federal Election Commission. The Commission’s intransigence on the issue of curbing the threat of foreign influence in our elections must stop now as this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.

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Press Releases

'A Clear and Dangerous Abuse of Power'

August 25, 2017

President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is a clear and dangerous abuse of power, worthy of censure by Congress.

Domestic Terrorist Attack Must Have Full Attention of DOJ & FBI

August 13, 2017

The Justice Department and FBI must investigate yesterday’s riots in Charlottesville for what they are – an act of domestic terrorism. These agencies must throw their full weight behind their investigations of this act of white supremacists terrorism and not treat it as an isolated incident. If they treat yesterday as an isolated incident, more terrorist acts will surely follow.

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Research & Reports

Dangerous Path Report

December 2, 2015

There is a threat to our democracy so severe it is shocking it has gone unnoticed this long, or been dismissed as impossible by the few who know about it and should be sounding the alarm. Given the current hyper-partisan environment of U.S. politics, the power of special and corporate interests in the post-Citizens United era the call for a convention poses a huge threat to the nation.

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

March 19, 2015

This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.

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General Content

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Staff

Chang Park

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Chang Park is a member of the National Governing Board.

Color of Change

ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America's political voice. Our goal is to empower our members - Black Americans and our allies - to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.

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